EGMR: Finnish decision to deport an Iraqi man who was killed when he arrived back in his country of origin violated the Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of N.A. v. Finland (application no. 25244/18) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 2 (right to life) and Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights owing to decisions to deport the applicant’s father to his country of origin, Iraq, where he was subsequently killed. The Court found in particular that the Finnish authorities had not carried out a thorough enough assessment of the individual risks faced by the applicant’s father in Iraq although they had accepted his account of having faced two near deadly attacks in a context of tensions between Shia and Sunni Muslim groups, the father belonging to the latter. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 14 November 2019 – N.A. v. Finland (no. 25244/18)

The applicant, Ms N.A., is an Iraqi national who was born in 1996 and lives in Finland. The case concerns her father’s expulsion to Iraq, where he was subsequently killed. The applicant’s father was a Sunni Muslim Arab from Baghdad. He served as a major in the army under former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and then for an American logistics company after the fall of that regime. Between 2007 and 2015 he worked in the Iraqi Office of the Inspector General, part of the Interior Ministry, where he was an investigator and then a leading officer on human rights crimes and corruption cases. He often had to investigate intelligence service officers or officers in militia groups. His work became more dangerous when Shia militia gained prominence. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Switzerland would breach the Convention by returning to Afghanistan an Afghan convert to Christianity

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of A.A. v. Switzerland (application no. 32218/17) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there would be a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the event of the applicant’s return to Afghanistan. The case concerned the removal from Switzerland to Afghanistan of an Afghan national of Hazara ethnicity who was a Muslim convert to Christianity. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Greek system for exempting schoolchildren from religious education classes breaches the European Convention

The case Papageorgiou and Others v. Greece (application nos. 4762/18 and 6140/18) concerned compulsory religious education in Greek schools. In today’s Chamber judgment the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education) to the European Convention on Human Rights, interpreted in the light of Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience, and religion). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 5 November 2019 – A.A. v. Switzerland (no. 32218/17)

The case concerns the removal from Switzerland of A.A., an Afghan national of Hazara ethnicity, said to be born in 1996. In March 2014 A.A. arrived in Switzerland. He applied for asylum and stated that he had left Afghanistan because of the unsafe situation in that country and his conversion from Islam to Christianity. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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EGMR: Fortcoming judgment on Thursday 31 October 2019 – Papageorgiou and Others v. Greece (nos. 4762/18 and 6140/18)

The case concerns compulsory religious education in Greek schools. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Lack of civilian service as an alternative to military service precluded recognition of conscientious objection, in breach of the Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Mushfig Mammadov and Others v. Azerbaijan (application no. 14604/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 9 (right to freedom of conscience, thought and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the applicants’ refusal on religious grounds to serve in the army. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »